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The Detroit Jewish News, 1993-11-26

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DETROIT

THE EWISH NEWS

12 KISLEV 5754/NOVEMBER 26, 1g93

Still Another
Lack Of Progress

At the 62nd GA, the issues of years past again surface unsolved.

PHIL JACOBS EDITOR AND NEIL RUBIN SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH NEWS

he woman wore red. But her about what it was like to wake each morn-
business suit paled against ing, get the children fed, dressed and off to
the crimson anger in her face. school and then Hebrew school. She also told
She stared down the pro- of how in her synagogue she "wore" the
fessional panel of social work- proverbial scarlet letter because she didn't
ers, Ph.D.s and educators who
have a spouse.
had just completed an hour
Across the hall, audience members told
of discussion on Jewish iden- speakers on intermarriage that, unless they
tity and continuity and asked experienced marrying out of the faith, the
them where she fit into real "experts" were in the audience.
Jewish life. A child of sur-
Not one of the 3,000 participants at last
vivors, she
week's 62nd Council of
said the general Jewish com-
Jewish Federations General
munity only superficially
Assembly in Montreal didn't
tried to understand and help
know the significance of the
her with the second genera-
number 52 — the current in-
tion of pain she lived with.
termarriage percentage ac-
That pain, she said, altered
cording to CJF.
her ability to exist "normal-
Then there was the dis-
ly" as a Jew.
cussion about what one
There were no replies from
speaker called the largest
the podium.
growing minority in
In another room in anoth-
Judaism, single Jewish wom-
er building, a woman intro-
en between the ages of 35
Photo by Paul Hackner
duced herself on the audience
and 40, who have done ev-
microphone as a single par- Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak
erything asked of them.
ent. She told a similar panel Rabin addresses Journalists at the NO PROGRESS page 30
Montreal Queen Elizabeth Hotel.

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hat do you object to?"
Students of Ayn Rand's
philosophy of Objectivism are
accustomed to this question.
Generally, they respond with a
definition — one that has
absolutely nothing to do with the
verb, to object.
"My philosophy, in essence,

Students of Objectivism

RUTH LITTMANN STAFF WRITER
Story on page 58

Inside

SPORTS

Sweet Swing

Jon Levy's a champ. Page 109

Going For A Good Mix

U-M professor thinks Jews want to integrate with the non-Jewish community.

KIMBERLY LIPTON STAFF WRITER

s far as University of
Michigan junior
Tammy Wasserman is
concerned, Jewish stu-
dents in Ann Arbor can
be broken up into four
categories: Hillel, Greek, Closet
and Floating Jews.
In interviews with 24 students
at the Arm Arbor campus, one
group — floaters — stood out
from the rest. These students are
not affiliated with any organized
Jewish group, yet they feel
strongly identified with their re-
ligious and cultural roots.
The "Hillel" group represents

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students involved in any branch ciology course on the American
of the organized Jewish commu- Jewish community, is not scien-
nity at U-M. "Greek" represents tific. Yet the instructor, sociolo-
students who are members of gist Dr. David Schoem, believes
Jewish sororities and fraternities. Ms. Wasserman has discovered
And "closet" Jews are those who interesting new information that
do not feel a bond with other Jews should send a clear message to
or who do not participate in the organized Jewish communi-
Jewish rituals and traditions.
ty.
"It is not quite accurate that
Floaters, Ms. Wasserman con-
cluded, represent the majority of Jews just want to be with each
students at U-M. These students other," said Dr. Schoem, assis-
told Ms. Wasserman they do not tant dean for U-M's College of
feel there is a place within the Literature, Science & The Arts.
Results of a recent survey on
Jewish communal structure for
them.
SURVEY page 22
The study, conducted for a so-

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